Where Do You Poop?
Starting this Q&A off with a bang, aren’t we? Seriously though, this is the most common question I get asked and the answer is pretty simple: typically in the nearest bathroom, often a pit toilet, rarely in the camper, sometimes we dig a hole in the woods and follow leave no trace principles.
What Do You Eat?
Our camper is equipped with a full kitchen – a medium sized fridge, 4 burner stove, and small oven. This means we’re able to maintain a pretty normal diet. We do however have to limit the amount of gadgets we use in our kitchen as we often aren’t able to power electronics like slow cookers and blenders. We also prefer to eat one-pot meals to reduce the amount of dishes we need to wash.
Often we’ll eat what most closely resembles something like a buddha bowl – lots of sauteed veggies served over rice or quinoa with some sort of simple protein. Sandwiches are also a common staple in our diet.
Where Do You Park?
This depends on whether we’re traveling or spending time at our home base (Bend, Oregon).
When we’re traveling we rely a lot on BLM and National Forest Land. Resources like iOverlander are great for finding accessible parking areas that are free or cheap. If we’re spending a month or more in a state we’ll typically invest in a gazetteer (basically a big book of maps for that state) and use that to locate public lands for camping. We’ve also been known to spend a night or two in a Walmart parking lot or KOA. Sometimes convenience takes priority on long trips.
When we’re holding steady in our hometown we tend to park at our local Thousand Trails RV park. We spent about $500 for a year long membership when we first got the camper and have found that it works great when we’re working and need a regular spot to call home.
Given an option I’ll always choose BLM or National Forest Land over any campground, RV park, or Walmart parking lot. They offer the most serenity and are the most affordable.